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Sensible decision at last from the council. There …

Comment posted RIP Helensburgh town centre: Waitrose out of town location approved by Nigel Macleod.

Sensible decision at last from the council. There were ever only two sites for a new supermarket and petrol station (both of which Helensburgh badly needs) – the Waitrose site or the top of Sinclair Street. A supermarket at the pierhead would be Helensburgh’s volcano – better bury the town centre in lava!
I fear CHORD will destroy the town for retailers – better reconsider and spend the money making the pierhead attractive.

Recent comments by Nigel Macleod

  • SNP MP backs call for CalMac to put MV Coruisk back on Mallaig-Armadale service – and is to go direct to the Transport Minister
    Inaccurate speculation , guys.
    MV Isle of Lewis was simply trying Craignure pier to see if she could lie there overnight in any winter gales if there is no spare berth at Oban. The lighthouse pier at Oban is not always available. She will not fit Craignure pier unless A & B Council , owners of the pier , break the bank and fit a new wider linkspan and extend the pier with a mooring dolphin. Roughly £5m should cover it.
    Regarding Armadale , CalMac have clearly stated that the linkspan would need to be modified to accommodate MV Loch Fyne ; and such modification would apparently preclude both MV Lord of the Isles and MV Coruisk from using the linkspan.
    Only solution for 2017 , and possibly 2018 , is the put in a 1in8 slipway at Armadale.
  • With Heb Isles in for repairs, CalMac charters replacement vessel to reduce underprovision for Islay
    Not correct. MV Isle of Lewis has taken over the Ullapool-Stornoway service this afternoon (Sat-22) with the 1530hrs departure from Stornoway. MV Loch Seaforth had taken the extra sailing frpom Stornoway to help with the MOD traffic. MV Hebridean Isles is heading to Stornoway to take over the freight service whist Loch Seaforth is away for drydocking (she has a greater weight capacity than the MV Isle of Arran).MV Isle of Arran will take the Oban-Castlebay service if the currebt sea trials are successful. MV Lord of the Isles is due to drydock as soon as the summer timetable is finished so she will be heading off Sun evening/Monday.
    IS THIS TOPIC NOT WANDERING FAR OFF IT’s HEADING???
  • With Heb Isles in for repairs, CalMac charters replacement vessel to reduce underprovision for Islay
    I can’t agree with your last paragraph – MV Isle of Mull can’t take dangerous goods and passengers due to her enclosed car deck ; MV Coruisk’s certificate restricts her to a short distance from shore and cannot operate in the hours of darkness.
  • SNP MP backs call for CalMac to put MV Coruisk back on Mallaig-Armadale service – and is to go direct to the Transport Minister
    I have seen a document , obtained under FOI , that the decision to redeploy MV Coruisk to Oban-Craignure was made by Transport Scotland and the then Transport Minister (Derek Mackay) in Sept-15. This was the inevitable result of the 2012 Ferries Plan promising a 2-vessel service for Mull in 2016 and then failing to order a suitable vessel in time.
    Your article is also incorrect insofar as MV Isle of Arran’s principal roster for summer 2016 is as the second vessel on Ardrossan-Brodick , with the Campbeltown service tacked-on as an extra.
  • SNP MP backs call for CalMac to put MV Coruisk back on Mallaig-Armadale service – and is to go direct to the Transport Minister
    Robert , I suggest you are stretching credibility to suggest there is a suitable vessel for charter. After all , part of the reason for this shambles is the inability of MV Isle of Lewis to fit Craignure without substantial expenditure , in excess of £10M , being incurred and she is a small vessel in European terms. That is quite apart from the chartered vessel obtaining MCA certification.

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